Pro-freedom camp, trade bodies reject ban

SRINAGAR: Pro-freedom groups and trade bodies on Friday “categorically rejected” the Jammu High Court order asking the state government to implement an existing order which bans the sale of beef in the state after hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against cow slaughter.
A division bench comprising justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and justice Janak Raj Kotwal on Thursday directed the director general of police (DGP) to ensure strict compliance of the order on beef by issuing appropriate directions to all the senior superintendents (SSPs) and station house officers (SHOs) in the state.
“The ban on beef in the state as regrettable, illogical and direct intervention into the religious affairs of the Muslims community, who form the majority in the state,” chairman of Hurriyat (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, according to a statement, said in his telephonic address to the Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid.
Mirwiaz was scheduled to lead a protest against the ban order; however, he was placed under house detention by police on late Thursday evening.
He said that no court can violate or overrule the laws laid down by the Sharia and “banning the consumption of beef by the by court is blatant interference in religion affairs, which will not be tolerated”.
“The decision has hurt and shown disrespect and insensitivity for the religious sentiments of the majority community of the state. Such rulings can vitiate the atmosphere and unnecessarily cause communal stress among communities, something that people of Kashmir have always been against,” he added.
He stated that Kashmiris have always respected and protected the rights of the minority community, but “sadly the communal forces like the BJP/RSS and their ilk are busy in furthering their agenda of polarizing the Kashmiri society and stoking communal fires for petty electoral and political gains”.
Dukhtaran-e-Millat president Syeda Asiya Andrabi, in a statement, congratulated people for protesting against the “illogical and communal ban on bovine”.
“India itself is proving us right that our future, as Muslims, is not secure with it.” She said that by slaughtering cows all across the valley people have once again given a “clear message that they are not ready to accept India’s rule.”
She said that cows were slaughtered “voluntarily by people all across the valley to protest and show that Kashmiris were not ready to accept Indian constitution and its occupation.”
Hurriyat (G) leader and Peoples League vice-chairman Mohammad Yaseen Attai along with other senior party leaders held protest in Kathwari Budgam, a statement said.
According to the statement, Attai, on the occasion, said that no law of world is above law of Allah.
“Whatever has been declared permissible cannot be made forbidden by any man,” he said.
Terming the ban on slaughter of bovine animals another “Nagpuri conspiracy” hatched at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur, the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation President Muhammad Yasin Khan said it was direct interference with religious matters of Muslim majority population of the state.
He said if people bow before such diktats the day is not far off when Muslim space will be squeezed. “Today cow slaughter has been banned. Tomorrow Azan may be banned. If we accept the first, the second will be automatically imposed,” Khan cautioned in a statement.
In a statement Khan who is also the Chairman Kashmir Economic Alliance said the state government has started acting as puppet at the hands of RSS only to create chaos and fuel communal hatred in the state.
“RSS and their puppets within the state government are hell bent to polarize the state through their nefarious designs. But the people of Jammu and Kashmir should uphold the traditional harmony,” Khan said.